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All about my book, “Cherries”

Book Description:

In 1970, John Kowalski is one of many young, naive teenage soldiers sent to Vietnam to fight in an unpopular war. Dubbed “Cherries” by their more seasoned peers, these newbies suddenly found themselves thrust into the middle of a terrible nightmare. On-the-job-training is intense, however, most of these teenagers were hardly ready to absorb the harsh mental, emotional, and physical stress of war. When coming under enemy fire and witnessing death first-hand, a life changing transition begins…one that can’t be reversed.

The author is an excellent story teller, readers testify that they’re right there with the characters, and joining them in their quest for survival; sharing the fear, awe, drama, and sorrow, witnessing bravery, and sometimes, even laughing at their humor.

“Cherries” tells it like it is and when finished, readers will have a much better understanding of what these young men had to endure for an entire year. It’s a story that is hard to put down.

Book Trailer:

Book Reviews:

Cherries weds a matchless sense of dramatics with the ability to tell a marvelous story.  You have staged excellent, realistic action with convincing effect.  Cherries has a compelling magnetic quality.  
       –Manuscripts International, 1987

As an avid reader of many historical memoirs, both fiction and autobiographical, rarely have I found one as in depth and revealing as Mr. Podlaski’s work…
       –Bernie Weisz, Vietnam War Historian

One ‘read’ will not be enough.  You will want to pass through the pages of “Cherries” more than once just to savor the up close and personal story again.
       –Jerry Kunnath, author

From the Author

“Cherries…” is getting excellent reviews on both Amazon and my personal blog.  I’m hearing from spouses and children of Veterans who have read my book out of curiosity because their father/husband will not talk about his war experiences.  They are using it as a conduit to help open doors, locked for decades.  As a result, veterans are beginning to share memories – both good and bad – with family members, and thanking me for “putting into words a story that they’ve been unable to tell until now”.  Career soldiers and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are responding that they can relate to those experiences within “Cherries”, saying that it’s a different time, different country, different war, but not much has changed over the years.

Order your books from the following links:

Dolby Electronic Version

Mobi version for Kindle 

E-book Barnes & Noble NOOK reader: Cherries for NOOK E-Reader

E-Book for Apple, Epub, PDF, KOBO, desktop, SONY, Palm, PDF and other versions: Cherries at Smashwords

Printed books:

Cherries Paperback from CreateSpace

Cherries paperback from Amazon

Can also be ordered from local Barnes & Noble Outlet

Printed copy – personally autographed. Send your request to –



Audiobook (MP3 download) – Awarded Best Audiobook of 2012:

Cherries link on Audible

Cherries link on Amazon



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